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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

My Very Own Rocky Mountain High


So here's a little story about the origins of a loser. It's a bit embarrassing, so I don't tell it too often. But it's topical today, so here you go.

The Associated Press just finally declared Democrat Michael Bennet the winner of a very close Senate race in Colorado. According to Talking Points Memo:

"Bennet had been written off by some after he struggled to win the party primary in August. He faced a strong challenge from Republican Ken Buck, who was backed by Tea Party members, and Bennet appeared destined to become one of this cycle's Democratic casualties. But in the end, helped by a series of gaffes committed by Buck, Bennet managed to pull it out."

I hadn't been following this race, but the name Ken Buck rang a bell with me. Took me a little while to remember why.

When I was an underclassman at Princeton University, the people running the main university dining halls decided, at some point, to crack down on people taking food out of the halls to eat later. Apparently there was an epidemic of students just dying to smuggle tough, gristly chicken wings out for delayed consumption. Or maybe it was those awesome "omelets" made out of melted tires. Who knows.

Nobody really took this edict too seriously -- except for one door-checker. One tireless defender of law and order. A big man with big principles named Ken Buck.

My friends and I thought the policy was ridiculous, and we'd seen this future Tea-Party lunatic stop people and make them return half a slice of pizza before exiting the hall. So we decided to Get Away With Something. We didn't care about the food -- as noted, it wasn't really worth stealing. We were just in a mood.

So I stood outside the dining area, by a disused turnstile, while a friend of mine handed off a small paper bag of...donuts? hot dogs? Who me from inside. And as I headed toward the door, I heard a commanding, stentorian voice ring out:


So I ran. And what did Ken Buck -- the man who, decades later, would refer to an alleged rape as "buyers' remorse" -- do? He did what any sane, rational right-wing nutjob would do. He left his post and took off in pursuit. He chased me down Nassau Street and around the corner into Holder Courtyard, where he tackled me to the ground. Then he held up my illegally acquired bag of inedible gruel and shouted triumphantly, "WHAT'S THIS?"

Now, this is the embarrassing part. Old Ken was quite a bit stronger than I was, and he managed to drag me all the way back to the dining hall in an iron grip. The university officials were kind of douchebags about the whole thing, too. I guess they felt they had to back up their man. I was friends with Ken's boss in the dining hall, however, and one of his fellow football team members. Both of whom later went to him and basically said, "What the fuck is wrong with you?"

Whatever it was, I guess it's still wrong. And I haven't heard the name Ken Buck since that day; I had to check Wikipedia to see if he was the same jizzbucket I remembered. Lo and behold, he was.

I don't know where you are or what you're up to now, Ken old buddy. Well, I guess I do know where you are: Colorado, not Washington. But as you pursue your tireless quest to improve the moral fiber of America, if you should happen to stumble across my humble little blog posting...well, please just take this final sentiment in the spirit it's offered:

I hope today hurts like a bitch.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New York Comic Con - October 8-10

I'll be there the whole time! Here's where:


FRIDAY - SUNDAY: Artist Alley table #M-7. Signing everything and selling copies of SHADRACH STONE.

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 PM: IDW, booth #2115. Signing copies of STAR TREK CAPTAIN'S LOG: PIKE, along with illustrator extraordinaire J.K. Woodward.

Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 PM, Marvel, booth #1843. Signing SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK (out this week!), NAMOR (second printing cover below - also just out), ONE MONTH TO LIVE, and hell, anything really. CAP'N QUICK & A FOOZLE, probably, if you put it in front of me.


And if you can't make it -- or even if you can -- check out this free webcomic by me and the incredible Rick Geary, just up on Act-I-Vate. I've loved Rick's work for years...working with him was (wait for it) legen



Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Last-minute notice: I'll be at Jim Hanley's Universe in Manhattan this Wednesday evening, signing copies of the brand-new NAMOR #1. Also signing: Jonathan Hickman, Dan Slott, Greg Pak, Fred Van Lente, and Nick Spencer. Come on out and make it look like I have fans (or at least friends!).



Wednesday, August 25th
6:00 PM

Jim Hanley's Universe
4 West 33rd St.,
New York, New York
(opposite The Empire State Building)

Monday, August 23, 2010

NAMOR THE FIRST MUTANT #1 -- this week!

Yes yes bad bad blogger not keeping up flog flog flog but SPECIAL BULLETIN:


by me and Ariel Olivetti
Cover by Jae Lee
From Marvel Comics
$3.99 (extra-sized first issue only - later issues are $2.99)

Preview here and here.

I'm loving the hell out of writing this arrogant bastard, and I hope you'll give us a shot.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Spider-Man / Howard the Duck -- September!


So I've been very remiss about keeping up this blog, and will write more about the new NAMOR series (starting in August!) soon. But for now, here's the full solicitation for SPIDER-MAN: BACK IN QUACK, out in September. Yes, I wrote the solicitation copy.


Presenting two of Marvel's finest: Spider-Man and ... Cynical Duck (TM)? Yes, Howard the Duck's brain has been thoroughly scrubbed, his hard-edged humor carefully dulled down for maximum demographic acceptance. It's up to Peter Parker to set the duck straight -- but does the world prefer Howard this way? Guest-starring the villainy of SOOPhI, the utter cluelessness of Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, and the unnerving eroticism of "Swizzle," SOOPhI's whip-wielding corporate spokeswoman. So wrong it's ... well, no, it's still wrong, courtesy of Stuart Moore (NAMOR) and Mark Brooks (YOUNG AVENGERS). Plus: a tiny-size Man-Thing backup feature by Stuart Moore & Joe Suitor (MARVEL BREAKOUT)!

40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated A ...$3.99

More at the link, including an absolutely gorgeous Marko Djurdjevic mural poster for the covers of the regular Spidey books.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The New Awesome


Out today: CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHO WON'T WEAR THE SHIELD?, a never-to-be-repeated one-shot featuring:

The gritty new adventures of FORBUSH-MAN, by Jason Aarons and Mirco Pierfederici!

The trippy debut of DOCTOR AMERICA, by Matt Fraction and Brendan McCarthy!

And my own contribution: The collectors' item first app of THE GOLDEN AGE DEADPOOL, with art by Joe Quinones!


It's a heartbreaking story of two World Wars and one madman who coughs a lot. Plus it makes fun of some of some revered old Captain America stories.

See a preview of all three stories here. Then go to your local comic shop for the main feature. Don't wait for the iPad version...all your friends will laugh at you. Laughter. It hurts, doesn't it?


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

C2E2 in Chicago: Signing This Weekend

Quick note: This weekend is C2E2, the big new Chicago comics convention from Reed Exhibitions, who've been running the great New York show for the past few years. I'll be signing at the Marvel Comics booth, #758, on Saturday, April 17th, from 2:00 to 3:00. Come on by with copies of CLOAK & DAGGER, CYCLOPS, WOLVERINE NOIR, or hell, GIANT ROBOT WARRIORS if you've got it.

Or just say hi and ask for the ultimate secret of the comics industry. I've never given it away before, but you never know. This might be the day.

Go here for Marvel's full signing schedule.

More on C2E2 here.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Cloak & Dagger #1 - this week


Wednesday, March 31st brings CLOAK AND DAGGER #1, the first solo -- well, duo -- title for these fan-favorite Marvel characters in almost twenty years. This self-contained one-shot grows out of C&D's recent appearances in the X-Men titles, but no prior knowledge of the X-Men, Cloak, Dagger, or American comics (its history and practices) is required.

I had a blast dropping these characters into a new era, and Mark Brooks did an AMAZING job on the art, aided by Walden Wong on inks and Emily Warren's luminous color work.

You can read the first seven pages here or here!

Go here to hear me blather for fifteen whole minutes about C&D, writing, and editing!

More and earlier blog info here!


The solicitation reads:


COVER BY: Mark Brooks
WRITER: Stuart Moore
PENCILS: Mark Brooks

Marvel’s most-requested duo return in this all-new one-shot, spinning out of X-MEN: NATION X! Cloak -- dark, brooding teleporter. Dagger -- deadly, shining mistress of light. Having quit the Dark X-Men, Cloak and Dagger find their partnership strained as they struggle to fit in among the mutants of Utopia. But when a new menace targets Cloak, Dagger must make a fateful choice for both of them. Guest-starring the X-Men, and written by Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE NOIR) with stunning art by Mark Brooks (YOUNG AVENGERS). One-Shot/Rated T …$3.99

Saturday, March 13, 2010

While You Were Sleeping


Or while I was, anyway: Two projects slipped out last week with stories of mine in them. First off is the oddball BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY #1, which features an Iron Man story by me and Joe Suitor (sample above). I just sat down and read the whole book, and it's an unusually even-quality anthology -- lots of good one-off stories by Marc Guggenheim, Brian Bendis, and various other writers you might know, paired with artists you might not. A really nice sampler of the Marvel Universe, with stories set both past and present, and a lot of pages for $3.99.


Also this past week: STAR TREK ALIEN SPOTLIGHT volume 2, from IDW, collects my TRIBBLES book -- pitting the little fuzzy guys against Klingons, alongside a decidedly non-Starfleet human crew -- along with various other glimpses into the weirder corners of the Trek cosmos. I've got a new TREK book coming in June -- more on that soon.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Two Short Subjects

Two short pieces upcoming from Marvel Comics, for your amusement:


BREAKING INTO COMICS THE MARVEL WAY #1 is an interesting book. It's a mixture of short stories and how-to features. Each of the stories pairs an artist discovery (courtesy of Marvel talent guru C.B. Cebulski) with an experienced writer. My story, featuring Iron Man, is a collaboration with Joe Suitor -- and, unlike most of the creative teams in the book, we've already worked together, on a Spider-Man/Man-Thing one-shot last year.

"Icarus's Wings" is a story about the responsibility Tony Stark feels for the incredible technology he's loosed on the world. I threw a hell of a lot at Joe, and he came through beautifully, as seen above. For more information on the book, go here.

On sale March 3rd. Only $3.99 for 56 pages, too.

Then...for something much lighter...


WHO WON'T WEAR THE SHIELD? is a humorous one-shot designed to show just how many Marvel characters are totally unsuited to bear the standard of Captain America. There were a lot of characters to choose from...but somehow, I got Deadpool. I hear you groaning...Deadpool again? But this isn't regular Deadpool. It isn't Lady Deadpool, Dogpool, or the Deadpool Corps. It's an ALL!NEW! Deadpool whose very existence will make you smack your head and say "Of course!" then run off to scrub your brain with battery acid. I wish I could tell you WHAT Deadpool it is, but I can't. Yet. Maybe soon.

Anyway, enjoy the Forbush-Man cover by Gerard Parel. And even if my little Deadpool story doesn't thrill you, look who else is in the book: Jason Aaron, Brian Michael Bendis, and Matt Fraction. That's got to be worth four bucks.

On sale April 7th. Funny solicitation copy, and a closer look at that cover, here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Wednesday: Pedal to the Metal with Deadpool!


It's finally here! The comic book that'll make trucking HUGE again! That cover says it all, hopefully. If not, there's a five-page preview here. Be there, good buddy!

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Update: Great interview with artist Shawn Crystal here.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Wolverine Noir trade paperback - April


Soliciting now, on sale April 28th: The softcover collection of WOLVERINE NOIR by me and CP Smith. I don't know for sure, but I assume this will be in the smaller, digest-sized format used for X-MEN NOIR. It's a nice little package, but I recommend shelling out five bucks more for the premiere hardcover. It's available now, and beautiful.

CP's one of the most powerful artists I've ever worked with. We're currently talking about doing something else together soon...fingers crossed.

Monday, January 11, 2010



Wednesday, January 13th brings the one-shot X-MEN ORIGINS: CYCLOPS, showing the path that brought Scott "Cyclops" Summers to his present post as leader of the mutant community. Featuring previously "deleted scenes" from Cyclops's life, including his dramatic first meeting with a real live Evil Mutant.

Written by me, art by Jesse Delperdang, colors by Matt Hollingsworth, letters by Rob Steen.

You can read the first seven pages free online here, here, or here.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Deadpool Team-Up Interview/Preview


Up on, with LOTS of new art by the amazing Shawn Crystal. A sample from the interview:

""Deadpool is like a two-year-old: easily bored and totally obsessed by any new, shiny object," explains Moore. "He puts on a hat and vest, picks up a used paperback called 'The Totally Wicked Book of C.B. Slang (Bicentennial Edition),' and decides he's a trucker. He doesn't bother with the details, like learning what a double-clutch is. And he thinks U.S. Ace is his best buddy, his brother of the road. What in the world could go wrong with all that?"

DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #896 featuring U.S. ACE: on sale February 3rd!

Friday, January 1, 2010

March: Cloak & Dagger!


Out in March from Marvel Comics: CLOAK & DAGGER #1, a one-shot by me and Mark Brooks! Here's the basics:

Pencils & Cover by MARK BROOKS

Marvel's most-requested duo return in this all-new one-shot, spinning out of X-MEN: NATION X! Cloak -- dark, brooding teleporter. Dagger -- deadly, shining mistress of light. Having quit the Dark X-Men, Cloak and Dagger find their partnership strained as they struggle to fit in among the mutants of Utopia. But when a new menace targets Cloak, Dagger must make a fateful choice for both of them. Guest-starring the X-Men, and written by Stuart Moore (WOLVERINE NOIR) with stunning art by Mark Brooks (YOUNG AVENGERS).

40 PGS./One-Shot/Rated T+

PRICE: 3.99
IN STORES: March 3, 2010

I'm really excited about this one. Short interview here, talking about the X-Men connection, sex, and the characters in general. A sample:

"[Cloak and Dagger] have a close bond that's gradually grown into a full-blown romantic partnership. But that's a dangerous path for them, because they're linked in so many different ways. When one of them grows restless, it brings up all sorts of problems and conflicting emotions. They're still barely out of their teens -- in many ways, they're like lovers who married very young, and now have to deal with everything that means."